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Matson profile
Read about JDP student Laura Matson, JD, PhD candidate in Geography, in the Law School publication Perspectives.     

IMAGE.Alison.Key Alison Key elected MJLST Editor-in-Chief

JDP student Alison Key, a JD, MD candidate, has been elected Editor-in-Chief for Volume 16 of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (MJLST) for the 2014-15 academic year. MJLST is a multidisciplinary journal addressing problems at the intersection of law, health, the sciences, and bioethics. For more information, visit Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. Congratulations, Alison!


JDP Student weighs in on environmental issue

Sarah Schenck ImageJDP student Sarah Schenck, a JD, MPH in Environmental Health candidate, won the Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition from the American Planning Association. Her paper, “Buoying Environmental Burdens in Bankruptcy Floodwaters,” met the criterion of demonstrating “original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law, such as land use, environmental law, or local government” and was published in The Urban LawyerThe Federal Lawyer, and the Michigan Environmental Law Journal. 

Schenck’s paper explores the intersection of bankruptcy and environmental laws through the aftermath of automobile plant closures—which left environmental wastelands in their wake—and the challenges faced by local communities. “Municipalities and states can protect themselves and leverage power in cleanup negotiations by enacting strong local ordinances and state superlien statutes,” says Schenck. Read the entire paper.

Fourth JDP student to clerk at Mayo Clinic 

JDP student Roma Patel, a JD, MPH candidate in Public Health Administration & Policy, will clerk for the Mayo Clinic's legal department this coming summer (2014). She joins fellow students Pari McGarraugh, Ashley Zborowsky, and Marguerite Ahmann who have clerked for Mayo in the past.

JDP sweeps writing competition

JDP alum Pari McGarraugh and students Ally Whelan and Grace Fleming, took first, second, and third prizes, respectively, in the Minnesota State Bar Association Health Law Section student writing competition. Read:

Our congratulations to them all!  




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